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New methods of searching for genealogy information on the Internet

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  • 1. New Genealogy Research Techniques Dick Eastman June 14, 2014
  • 2. Today’s Slides may be found at: http://eogn.com/handouts/research
  • 3. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 4. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 5. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 6. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 7. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 8. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 9. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 10. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 11. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 12. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 13. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 14. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 15. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 16. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 17. Record Preservation & Improvements
  • 18. Record Preservation & Improvements
  • 19. Record Preservation & Improvements
  • 20. Record Preservation & Improvements  Many web sites now display digital images of old records  However, converting the information to computer-readable text is still a challenge  OCR (optical character recognition)  Manually indexing, often by off-shore transcribers or by crowd sourcing
  • 21. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com
  • 22. Record Preservation & Improvements  Ancestry’s Shaky Leaf
  • 23. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com 1. Mocavo.com
  • 24. What Is Mocavo?  It is a search engine… and more.  Unlike other search engines, Mocavo.com limits its searches solely to genealogy sites.  Searches on Mocavo.com are not limited to names.  You can search for towns, states, occupations, relatives, or any other text information you think might be included with an ancestor's name.  Whatever you specify, the search will be limited to pages on genealogy web sites.
  • 25. What Is Mocavo? Unlike other search engines, Mocavo limits its searches to approximately one million genealogy-related web sites and has "extra logic" that is good at finding surnames and locations embedded in free-form text, along with a number of other enhancements.
  • 26. Mocavo searches:  genealogy message boards  state and local historical societies’ web sites  the Library of Congress  National Archives  Ellis Island  Find A Grave  the Internet Archive  Allen County Public Library’s Internet Archive records  and…
  • 27. Mocavo searches:  Social Security Administration’s Social Security Death Index  World Family Tree developed by the popular Geni family tree service  various U.S. state archives  tens of thousands of genealogy sites built by individuals & societies
  • 28. Second Page
  • 29. Where can you find Mocavo? http://www.mocavo. com
  • 30. Record Preservation & Improvements  Three genealogy web sites offer advanced automated record searches and matching: 1. Ancestry.com 1. Mocavo.com 2. MyHeritage.com
  • 31. MyHeritage
  • 32. MyHeritage
  • 33. MyHeritage is a:  Large collection of vital records from all over the world  A large collection of digitized newspapers from many different countries  Contains billions of records from all over the world  A web site to store your family tree  A place to compare your family tree against those submitted by others  A photo storage and matching web site • And much, much more
  • 34. MyHeritage is available:  In more than 40 languages (far more than any other genealogy web site).  In countries all over the world.
  • 35. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  Upload a GEDCOM file  Use the MyHeritage Mobile App for iPhone and Android  Use Family Tree Builder, a free genealogy program for Windows  Enter the data on the web site, one at a time
  • 36. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  You always own the data!  You may add, delete, or modify your contributed data at any time.
  • 37. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site  Use Smart Matches, Record Matches, and SuperSearch to compare your entries against vital records, census records, newspapers, entries contributed by other MyHeritage users, and more.  Searches may be performed on U.S. records as well as records from many other countries, especially from both Eastern and Western Europe.
  • 38. Build Your Own Family Tree Web site
  • 39. The Best Things in Life are FREE!  MyHeritage has three levels of users:  A FREE basic website for registered users, with up to 250 persons permitted in the tree  A Premium website permits 2,500 persons in the tree  A Premium Plus website permits an unlimited number of persons in the tree
  • 40. The Best Things in Life are FREE!  A Data Plan to view a few databases also may incur additional fees. These are because MyHeritage PURCHASED these databases from other companies. Much of the content is EXCLUSIVE to MyHeritage.  You never enter a for-pay service without being warned ahead of time and being asked if you wish to proceed.
  • 41. MyHeritage contains:  No info on living persons  Family trees, historical photos, census records, birth/death/marriage records, military records, immigration records, newspapers, yearbooks, historical maps…  Built by genealogists for genealogists
  • 42. Search for names  1,500 databases  Records from 75 million users  1.2 billion profiles  200 million images  Search for Exact, Soundex and Megadex options  Save the search results to your MyHeritage site and click through the matches at your leisure
  • 43. SuperSearch contains  Super algorithms  Super Name Matching
  • 44. Smart Matches  Once the tree is online on MyHeritage, the their "Smart Matches" system finds potential matches of the user's tree persons with persons in the trees of other MyHeritage users.  These Smart Matches come in the online email at MyHeritage and at the user's home email address. This is truly "finding relatives without searching.”
  • 45. SuperSearch looks like this:
  • 46. Advanced SuperSearch looks like this:
  • 47. “But Wait, There’s More!”  The Name Dictionary is Amazing!  For instance, let’s say you are looking for a person named Alexander who may have lived in any of several countries. Family members called him “Alex.”  Should you search for “Alex” or “Alexander?”
  • 48. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  • 49. Different Records Automatically Use Different Search Methods  Newspaper searches are non-structured. That is, all words are searched.  In contrast, census records are always very structured in columns. Only names will be searched when you specify a name. • Photos are searched by metadata
  • 50. International Search Engine  Can search the world or  Can search by continents or  Can search by country  Or combinations of these areas.
  • 51. All Records Found may be Saved Directly to Your Family Tree  It will be visible to you and…  (optionally) visible to others  Including complete source citations
  • 52. Your Data May be Saved…  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be downloaded in GEDCOM format to import to a user's desktop software.  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be synchronized with the Family Tree Builder Version 4.0 software for Windows  A member's tree on the MyHeritage website can be synchronized with the handheld iPhone/iPad and Android apps.
  • 53. Collections Include:  One of the largest online collections of newspapers  High School yearbooks  Other members’ family trees  Census records  Military records  Many vital records
  • 54. “But Wait, There’s More!”  Family Tree Builder  A full-featured genealogy program for Windows • A Macintosh version is under development  Fun to use  Supports SmartMatching Technology  Private family sites
  • 55. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  • 56. “But Wait, There’s More!”
  • 57. For more information: http://MyHeritage.com
  • 58. Genealogy Research Through the Years
  • 59. Today’s Slides may be found at: http://eogn.com/handouts/research